Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Complaint letter to be sent to Japanese PM on Thilawa eviction

Weekly Eleven Monday, 24 November 2014

A complaint letter regarding Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be sent to Japanese prime minister next month, said Myint Hlaing, a member from Thilawa Social Development Group.

The complaint letter pointed out 12 points omitted from the report submitted by authorities to Thilawa Social Development such as forced eviction, drinking water problem and lack of job creation etc.

“JICA was formed with the contributions from Japanese people and organisations. We are sending this complaint letter to the Japanese prime minister in order to inform Japanese people how local people have to suffer social impacts due to construction of Thilawa SEZ funded by Japanese people.

New York-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released a report on the early November. The report highlights that displacement is to be in accordance with the JICA’s standards meeting with the international standards. It also covers the agreement between the government and the JICA; Social Impact Assessment (SIA); Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); transparency of displaced people and those who are likely to be displaced; solving difficulties by making frequent meeting with Thilawa social development group; and the government’s supervision on displacement of local people in accordance with international standards.